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While most people visit Cyprus
for those gorgeous sandy beaches and the opportunity to lie in the sun,
there is so much more to this fascinating country. Getting away from
the main tourist attractions like the cities of Paphos and Limassol, some
fascinating destinations offer so much more to the tourist, including finding
out more about the country, its inhabitants and their history.
While enjoying a luxurious
holiday break through Cyplon
Holidays, it is possible to take oneself off the main tourist track
and see some marvellous and unusual destinations.
such fascinating location is Anogyra,
a traditional Cypriot village located between Limassol and Paphos.
The village can be found on the southern slopes of the Troodos massif,
nestling among the vineyards out in the countryside, but also offers an
amazing view of the bay of Pissouri below.
Close by are the ruins of
a monastery known as Timiou Stavrou (pictured left) which has one of many
ancient pierced monoliths found in Cyprus, thought to have once been used
in the olive presses of time gone by.
The village used to be well
known in the carob trade and there is a museum offering information about
carobs and their importance to the economy of both the village and the
island of Cyprus itself.
|Exploring Anogyra, one will
see the original cobbled streets and many of the traditional houses in
the village have been beautifully restored. On the outskirts of the
village, visit the Oleastro Olive Park to watch the process of the creation
of olive oil. Those with a love for wine can visit a local winery
for wine tasting and learn more of the history of the grape in the area.
Another interesting location,
situated northwest of Paphos, is the Akamas
peninsula. This is a natural wilderness, ideal for hiking and
walking and for those who enjoy botany or ornithology.
However, one really fascinating
aspect of this area is the Avakas gorge. This spectacular gorge is
situated just behind the beach at Toxeftra and can be easily accessed via
a dirt track through the citrus plantations.
Inside this gorge, it seems
like a different world. Silence is only broken by the sound of a
stream trickling nearby and the faraway goat bells above. While the
gorge sees little sunlight, small maidenhair ferns and cyclamen plants
flourish in the shade on the rocky ledges.
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Avakas gorge - photo
||This spectacular gorge heads
inland for around 4.5 kilometers and has a pathway, leading upwards to
the vineyards near Pano Arodhes.
The sight of the wild flowers
and the sound of birdsong in the area will thrill many a nature lover.
Other attractions in the
area include the town of Pegeia, at the southern end of the peninsula,
and Polis on the northeastern side, where tourists van visit a loggerhead
turtle sanctuary as well as the Baths of Aphrodite, where the goddess is
thought to have bathed in the past.
For nature lovers,
bird watching enthusiasts and hikers, there are many wonderful locations
to be found in this fascinating country.
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